GS1 Belgium & Luxembourg's presence and participation in the Transport & Logistics sector is relatively new and falls under the framework 'Innovation'. This is one of the strategies defined in the Innovation Roadmap: committing ourselves in this sector to help our members in their transport and logistics world by informing and implementing GS1 solutions. This can create a more sustainable, secure and efficient supply chain for them.
Below is an overview of the first and largest projects in this respect:
Scan4Transport is a global standard for coding transport data on a logistics label. The standard supports all stakeholders in the supply chain.
This standard makes it possible to establish the most important data required for bring a shipment to a proper conclusion, due to using a 2D barcode on a standardised logistics label. All transport data required is coded in a new generation barcode (GS1 DataMatrix or GS1 empowered QR code) and printed on the label in order to facilitate tracing the transport of various kinds of freight by simply scanning this 2D barcode.
This new standard within transport and logistics ties in perfectly with our global migration to a new generation of barcode in retail. We also see this applying to other sectors in the future, since the possibilities of a 2D barcode are extensive, particularly the high readability, the considerable coding capacity, the small dimensions, and the link to the digital world.
At present, most parties in the supply chain receive products from suppliers packed in cardboard with a plastic wrapping for stability. They then often have to unpack these and transfer them into other boxes for handling and picking in the warehouses, and for dispatch. This leads to additional waste and extra manual work for staff.
For this reason, GS1 has developed the GS1 SMART Box. This is a standardised and reusable transport box intended for delivery to warehouses, for handling in the warehouse and for distribution to stores.
This interesting concept increases the efficiency and sustainability of logistical operations. Some specific examples include:
- unpacking/transferring into other boxes is no longer required. This means a reduction in manual work, keeping costs down;
stacking the boxes requires no plastic wrapping for stability. You can also stack higher, meaning trucks need to transport less air.
The GS1 SMART Box is an initiative of GS1 Germany, and has already been tested with various stakeholders on the German market. Given the positive results, we wish to upscale this on a European level.
If you are interested in this promising concept, please don’t hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Innovative vision (PILL)
PILL is a project that focuses on how we can organise logistic processes differently. It uses an innovative concept called the "physical internet".
With this concept, the aim is to organise the logistics world as efficiently, resiliently and sustainably as possible.
All this ensures that synchromodal transport (a form of multimodal transport in which it does not matter which means of transport are used, as long as the cargo arrives at its destination at the agreed time) is possible.
GS1 is also participating in this project. This fits perfectly into our innovation vision and is closely aligned with our growing interest in T&L.
Digitalisation in the logistics world is the future and digital documents will play an increasingly important role in the supply chain. Just think of one of the most used transport documents: the CMR. The digital e-CMR is a must, but there is still a lot of work to be done for the e-CMR as a definitive standard format is still lacking at the European level.
At GS1, we therefore plan to set up a few pilot projects around the e-CMR in order to help create this standard format. Interested in these pilots? Then be sure to contact email@example.com.
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